Police and fire officials are investigating after an explosion and fire at a Surrey pub in the early-morning hours of Thursday, April 11.
According to Surrey RCMP, the incident took place around 2:45 am, when police were called to a fire in the 9000 block of 152 Street.
Officers attended to the scene where they spoke with witnesses, who reported seeing an individual run out of the building after the explosion and leave the area.
Police Dog Service attended and conducted a search at the scene as well, but were unable to locate this individual.
About an hour later, police received a report from BC Ambulance Service that paramedics had been called to a residence in the Guildford neighbourhood, where they found a man suffering from injuries that “were consistent with fire.”
The 36-year-old victim, a Surrey resident, was taken to hospital with what were described as serious, life-threatening injuries.
Surrey Fire Department has now deemed the explosion and fire as suspicious, and Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit has taken conduct of the investigation.
Anyone with further information who has not already spoken with police or may have surveillance or dash-cam video is asked to contact police at 604-599-0502.
Those who would like to leave an anonymous tip can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online.